Present and Future | Social Science Previews, Sept. 2017

Bruder, Jessica. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Norton. Sept. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780393249316. $26.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE Expanding her eye-opening Harper’s cover story, “The End of Retirement,” which shows that many Americans can no longer afford to quit work during the so-called golden years, Bruder introduces us to an intrepid bunch that give new […]

Mendelsohn’s Odyssey, Ward/Burns on Vietnam, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

Blum, Ben. Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime. Doubleday. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780385538435. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538442. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR Why would an upright young man, determined to become a U.S. Army Ranger, join with two fellow soldiers and two strangers the day before his deployment to Iraq […]

Greenblatt, Korda, Sattouf, Taubman, Tur | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Norton. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780393240801. $27.95. ebk. ISBN 9780393634587. HISTORY If anyone can reanimate the famous story of Adam and Eve, it’s Pulitzer Prize winner Greenblatt, whose eloquence and erudition vivified Renaissance Italy in The Swerve and had us strutting the Elizabethan stage in […]

War, the UN, & Wrongful Conviction | Social Science Previews, Aug. 2017

Brennan, Thomas J. USMC (Ret.) & Finbarr O’Reilly. Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War. Viking. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780399562549. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399562563. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR/MILITARY Though the cause may be different, war correspondents suffer posttraumatic stress disorder at about the same rate as combat […]

Science, Knausgaard, & America from Abroad | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jul./Aug. 2017

Davis, Angela J., ed. Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment. Pantheon. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781101871270. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871287. AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES The recent deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and more bring into ever sharper focus the long, tragic history of the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of African American men. This […]

Four Key Current Events Titles | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 1

Attkisson, Sharyl. The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. Harper. May 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062468161. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062468185. POLITICAL SCIENCE The smear: it’s the concerted effort of those working in opposition to individuals or ideas to bring them down with ugly depiction—hit stories—based on […]

Of Historical Interest | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

Carroll, Andrew. My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. Penguin Pr. Apr. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781594206481. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698192669. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORY Creator of the Legacy Project, which collects wartime correspondence, Carroll drew on the project’s archives to assemble two New York Times best-selling anthologies, […]

Ancient Egypt, Chinese Aspirations, & More | History Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 3

Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Bloomsbury. Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781608196708. $30. POLITICAL SCIENCE In 1961, when Ellsberg served as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, he helped draft Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. Then he leaked the Pentagon Papers, and the […]

Hot-Button Issues | Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2017, Pt. 1

Alter, Adam. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781594206641. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698402638. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA The newest addiction? It’s not to a substance but to a behavior, argues New York University professor Alter, author of the New York Times […]

Drabble, Nguyen, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 1

Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780374134952. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715762. LITERARY FICTION A durable author of contemporary English-language literature named a Dame of the British Empire in 2008, Drabble has plenty of life experience to bring to her portrait of graying if relentlessly busy Francesca Stubbs. Even as she […]